December 14, 2010

Boxall Earns All-American Honors

Dec. 14, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior defender Michael Boxall was selected as a Third Team All-American by the NSCAA and College Soccer News it was announced late last week.

Boxall was also named to the NSCAA Men's Division I Far West All-Region First Team, was selected as the Big West's Defender of the Year and garnered All-Big West First Team honors.

The senior from Auckland, New Zealand was a key figure in the Gaucho backline and a member of a defense that allowed just 17 goals in 22 matches for a 0.73 per game average, which ranked 17th nationally. Boxall was dominant in marking opposing team's top players, helping UCSB allow one goal or less in 18 of its 22 matches and 8.5 shots per game.

This is Boxall's first career All-American honor and he becomes the 16th All-American coached by Tim Vom Steeg and the first since Chris Pontius earned Third Team honors from the NSCAA and Second Team honors from College Soccer News in 2008.

UCSB ended its 2010 season with its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gauchos advanced to the tournament's second round before falling, 2-1, in overtime to Cal. UCSB finished the year with a 14-5-3 overall record and won the Big West Championship title for the first time.